Originally Published: April 21, 2011 6:50 p.m.
Lessons on taking care of our environment and living cleanly are the true essence of Earth Day. That doesn't mean we can't dance and sing while we're doing it.
The Open Space Alliance is hosting Earth Day festivities on the courthouse plaza downtown on Saturday. The big one, as it is every year, is the Granite Creek cleanup, at Granite Creek Park starting at 9 a.m.
Back on the plaza, in the midst of sustainable energy messages, organic food advantages and garden demonstrations, the clean air will include the sound of live music.
Sonny's rock music hits the stage at noon, followed by Radio Flyer's country and western sound from 1-2 p.m., Flamenco dancers from 2-3 p.m., and Sky Daddy and Pop Rocks' familiar surf and rockabilly vibes from 3-4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Prescott's local bluegrass family band, Just 4 Mama, plans to stroll the lawn throughout the day when not performing at their courthouse plaza Earth Day booth, which they've dubbed "Trash to Treasures."
"I think it's great they're having it at the square because it then involves the whole community," Just 4 Mama guitarist Christina Davis said Wednesday of Earth Day's Prescott party. "You don't have to go to the park to have it specialized. It's right there and it's bringing everybody into the realization of Earth Day."
Just 4 Mama also features Christina's husband, Jim, on standup bass and their two daughters, Hilary, 22, on mandolin and Chloey, 20, on five-string banjo. The family, Prescott residents for more than 20 years, found their sound through picking on the back porch before bringing it into the community.
"That's kind of our type of venue," Christina said of Earth Day on the plaza.
Just 4 Mama, which plays between eight and 10 gigs per month, won't change their approach for the Earth Day crowd. Expect the foursome's fare of bluegrass, old-timey and gospel music, in addition to tracks featured on their first CD, "You Get What You Get." Hilary and Chloey wrote the title track after a 40-day road trip to Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to play music.
"Whenever it's a holiday we all pull out our instruments and play" Christina added. "We practice to get ready for a gig, and we practice new tunes. We sing in the car when we're going somewhere."
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